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Driveline Pacific Rim director Frank Minamino (second from right) poses with Lions pitcher Kaito Yoza (left) Hawks pitcher Shuta Ishikawa (second from left) and the Lions' Kona Takahashi.
Feb 2, 2024
NPB pitchers embracing Driveline Baseball method
NPB players are working with Driveline Baseball in greater numbers.
Feb 1, 2024
League One expands with three new teams starting with 2024-25 season
Japan Rugby League One on Wednesday announced the entry of three new teams as part of an expanded competition from next season.
Hawks pitcher Carter Stewart Jr., the eighth overall pick in the MLB draft in 2018, is preparing for his sixth season in Japan.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 26, 2024
Hawks pitcher Carter Stewart Jr. reflects on unique journey in Japan
Carter Stewart Jr. appears poised for a breakthrough ahead of his sixth NPB season.
A minibus that crashed into a telephone pole in Kasuya, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Thursday
Jan 25, 2024
20 people injured in southwest Japan bus crash
The 13 women and seven men were taken to a hospital following the accident at around 6:30 a.m. They were all conscious and did not have life-threatening injuries.
Avispa Fukuoka and Shakhtar Donetsk members pose for a photo after a charity match at Tokyo's National Stadium on Monday.
Dec 19, 2023
Fukuoka and Shakhtar draw 2-2 in charity match in Tokyo
More than 18,000 watched the match at the venue where both sets of players entered the pitch draped in Ukrainian flags.
Hotaka Yamakawa, the 2018 Pacific League MVP, was limited to 17 games this year after sexual assault allegations emerged.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 14, 2023
Hawks agree to deal with suspended slugger Yamakawa
Yamakawa was suspended for much of the 2023 season by the Seibu Lions after being accused of sexual assault.
The day after the Fukuoka District Court dismissed her lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Japan's dual nationality law, Yuri Kondo, 76, was in high spirits as she drove to see family and friends.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 8, 2023
Japan-born U.S. national Yuri Kondo continues dual citizenship fight
The dismissal of her lawsuit over the dual nationality ban has implications for tens of thousands of people, and Kondo says she'll keep fighting for them.
Yuri Kondo (center), the plaintiff of a dual nationality case, speaks during a news conference Wednesday in the city of Fukuoka after the Fukuoka District Court handed down a ruling on her case.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 6, 2023
Fukuoka court rules ban on dual nationality is constitutional
The court rejected an argument by a Japan-born plaintiff, who lost her citizenship after naturalizing as an American, that the law undermines her rights.
Sadaharu Oh, chairman of the SoftBank Hawks, has expressed frustration over his team's third-place finish in the Pacific League
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 28, 2023
Oh vows return to top of Japanese baseball for Hawks
For the third consecutive year, the once-dominant Hawks did not win the league title or advance to the Japan Series.
Akina Shu has visited around 50 countries as a speaker and ambassador on the digital nomad lifestyle since 2020.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Nov 27, 2023
Japan is enticing for digital nomads, but visa hurdles remain
While the country does not offer a digital nomad visa, the government is working on introducing one sometime in 2024.
Police examine the scene where a car veered into a group of pedestrians in Umi, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday.
Nov 21, 2023
Nine injured after car plows into pedestrians in Fukuoka Prefecture
The injured included a high school student who was knocked temporarily unconscious and the vehicle's driver.
Avispa Fukuoka celebrated winning the Levain Cup on Saturday after defeating Urawa Reds 2-1 at Tokyo's National Stadium.
Nov 7, 2023
Fukuoka to play charity game against Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk
Newly crowned J. League YBC Levain Cup football champions Avispa Fukuoka will play a charity match against Ukrainian powerhouse Shakhtar Donetsk at Tokyo's National Stadium on Dec. 18, the Japanese club has said.
Daiki Miya celebrates after scoring Avispa Fukuoka's second goal of the Levain Cup final on Saturday in Tokyo.
SOCCER / J. League
Nov 4, 2023
Avispa tops Urawa in Levain Cup final for first major title
Attacker Kazuya Konno was the architect of both their goals in front of a sold-out crowd of 61,683 at Tokyo's National Stadium.
Softbank Hawks new manager Hiroki Kokubo (left) shakes hands with club chairman Sadaharu Oh in Fukuoka on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 23, 2023
New skipper Kokubo aims to take Hawks back to summit
A former star slugger for the Fukuoka-based Hawks, 52-year-old Hiroki Kokubo has been promoted from managing their farm team.
Hiroki Kokubo has managed the Hawks' farm team since 2022.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 22, 2023
Hiroki Kokubo promoted from farm team post to manage Hawks
SoftBank finished the regular season third this year and lost the best-of-three PL Climax Series first round against the second-place Marines.
Lotte celebrates after its come-from-behind win over the Hawks to win the first stage of the Climax Series in Chiba on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 17, 2023
Marines advance to PLCS final stage with walk-off win
The Marines will face the first-place Orix Buffaloes in the best-of-seven final stage beginning Wednesday at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
Urawa Reds' Alexander Scholz scores his second goal from the penalty spot against Yokohama F Marinos in the second leg of their Levain Cup semifinal at Saitama Stadium on Sunday.
Oct 16, 2023
Urawa and Fukuoka reach Levain Cup final
The final is scheduled for Nov. 4 at Tokyo's National Stadium.
Hawks starter Kohei Arihara pitches against the Marines in Game 2 during the first stage of the Pacific League Climax Series at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 15, 2023
Hawks bounce back to even series against Marines
Kohei Arihara threw six innings of one-run ball and the Hawks backed him up with a few timely hits to extend their season.
The Marines' Roki Sasaki pitches against the Hawks in Game 1 of the PLCS First Stage at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba on Saturday.
Oct 14, 2023
Marines too much for Hawks in Game 1 of Climax Series
The Marines can advance to the final stage against the PL champion Orix Buffaloes with a victory.
The BayStars' Shugo Maki addresses the crowd after the team's final home game of the regular season.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Oct 13, 2023
Third-place squads face long road to Japan Series
Only two teams have reached the Japan Series after finishing the regular season in third place.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation